Nazareth - Razamanaz
On May, 6 1973 "Nazareth" released its third album "Razamanaz".
Produced by Roger Glover this album is widely considered one of "Nazareth's" best albums, and for good reason.
From the opening riff of the title track, it's clear that this album is going to be a hard-rocking affair, filled with driving rhythms and powerful vocals.
The album features a mix of original songs and covers, but it's the band's own compositions that really shine.
The album opens with the title track, "Razamanaz", a high-octane rocker that sets the tone for the rest of the album. With its driving rhythm and catchy guitar riff, it's a song that's impossible not to tap your foot to. Lead singer Dan McCafferty's vocals are gritty and raw, perfectly capturing the rough-and-tumble spirit of the music.
From there, the album launches into "Alcatraz", another up-tempo rocker with a catchy chorus and a killer guitar solo. It's followed by "Vigilante Man", a cover of a Woody Guthrie song that's been given a hard rock makeover. While it's a departure from the band's original material, it fits in perfectly with the overall vibe of the album.
One of the standout tracks on the album is "Broken Down Angel". It's a ballad that showcases McCafferty's impressive vocal range, moving from a soft, tender croon in the verses to a powerful, soaring chorus. The lyrics are poignant and heartfelt, speaking to the pain of lost love and the struggles of trying to move on.
Another highlight of the album is "Woke Up This Morning", a hard-rocking tune with a driving beat and a catchy chorus. The song features some great guitar work by Manny Charlton, who delivers a blistering solo that perfectly complements the rest of the music.
The album also features "Bad Bad Boy", a raunchy, bluesy number with lyrics that perfectly capture the band's rough-and-tumble image. It's a song that's full of swagger and attitude, and it's impossible not to get caught up in the energy and enthusiasm of the music.
Perhaps what's most impressive about "Razamanaz" is how well it has aged over the years. Even decades later, the album still sounds fresh and vital, a testament to the enduring power of "Nazareth's" music.
Overall, "Razamanaz" is a classic album that gave "Nazareth" their big break. It's an album that's full of energy, passion, and raw power, and it remains a favorite of hard rock fans to this day.
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